The death of nokia phones

It was my first phone the bulky 3210. Since beginning Nokia had dominated the cell phone handsets industry. With new models being released every quarter the market was always flooded with all sorts of options to choose from. I guess at that time Nokia’s strategy was to flood market with innovative products and shock and awe the competition. This might have been the winning formulae for nokia. This continued till the advent of smart phones.
Smartphones took nokia by surprise and caught them off-guard the market dynamics changed so fast that they took time to innovate and come up with competitive products, this catch up race that they were doing with others changed them from masters to follower.
Never the less the hard work paid off with advent of Lumia and asha series. These phone are good and affordable and to some extend a befitting answer to smartphone wars.
Then came the dooms spell, among their financial crisis and insecurity for windows phone. Prompted nokia to sell the devices division to Microsoft.
This started a whole new chapter, Microsoft being a software giant is not able to do justice to the devices division esp. Mobile phones. The release cycles for new phone is very long by which they would not be able to cash upon the initial success the Lumia phones enjoyed.

In hope that microsoft would rev up the market with more handsets, we the admirers of Nokia phone await for it rise again.

The Desktop That is

No matter how many gadgets or smart devices are released and invented for computing, out of them desktops would always have their own place. On a personal level having tried all kinds of portable devices i.e Surface , Windows Tab & Smartphone.
The real productive tool in my opinion would always be mighty old desktop for the simple reasons

  1. First off it’s a DESKTOP. Which means just like the study table it would always have its own place. One do not have to lug it around and try to be comfortable with it. Its there always no matter what, in one corner of the house. Just kept aside ready to be used anytime. On a subconscious level it does give a sense of stability or grounding, if you know what I mean. 
  2. In comparison to cost of a portable device (for productivity) the desktop may be a bit on higher side, but the small screen size and options of doing meaningful work i.e to be used for productivity makes portable device a big NO NO.
  3. Desktops run for hours like a work horse and not complain. Try doing that with a laptop, boy does it heat up.
  4. The number of peripherals that can be connected to a desktop are many and the good old wired means of connection is way better and faster than going wireless. 
  5. The smaller sized mini or small form factor CPU do not hog much space on the desk leaving more space for a bigger display.

So next time when you decide to buy a computing device give desktops a chance they would sure turn out to be comparatively cheaper and a great productivity tool.

Windows 8 & Touch PC

Since the day I have installed windows 8 on my laptop. The urge to buy a touch screen laptop or ultra book is nagging me day in and day out.  Do like the Metro look and the idea of everything as an application (app) including the desktop.

Have done some research and so far my eyes are on Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 and indeed Surface Pro.

What stops me from buying Surface Pro right out is Microsoft’s experience in hardware. Thus would give it some time before spending my money on it.  So far it impresses me, as Surface fills the gap of a useful portable device in much too crowded tablet world.  

The research is on and waiting for so called first patch or sorts for the Surface Pro, for sure it would clean up some bugs.

Me And My Kindle Keyboard

Behold your breath, you read the blog of an Amazon Kindle owner. After a long search for an e-book reader and resisting the temptation to go with the flow of iPad. I rounded out my search to the mighty old Amazon’s Kindle Keyboard.

What caught my fancy was the e-ink screen, its the e-ink screen that made me drop the Idea of owing a Kindle Fire too. E-ink gives the reading pleasure of a normal paperback book. Kindle is light and easy to hold, not to mention the easy dictionary lookup. Get the cursor near to the word to be looked up, and voila !!! the details comes up bottom of the screen.

Nice small device with 2 months of reading on single charge. Books are delivered wirelessly and not through a synchronization software (Did you hear that iPad lovers). PDFs or personal documents as they call it can be emailed to the Kindle and later synced over Wifi, in kindle native format.

I got mine shipped from USA (psstt !!! it was assembled in china) took around 2 weeks. It was worth the wait and hard earned money. All in all am glad that I did not go by the flow of “Buy the iPad its the best”, instead trusted my instincts. 

I admit the only thing I do not like about the Kindle Keyboard is the keyboard itself, wish the buttons were rectangle than round.

My search for a e-book reader / Tablet

At first their was only an eBook reader from Amazon. The Kindle, life was easy and I just had to save some money and purchase the damn thing. Then came along the  Kindle Fire , which blew the whole thing up. Now am confused with hell lot of options for Kindle. The dilemma , Shall I put my money on the e-ink technology  (Found in other Kindles, but not Kindle Fire) or buy a colour screen (Kindle Fire) tablet that would  allow me to read content in colour.

I know many of the iPad fanatics by now would be murmuring “Duh !!! don’t you know anything about iPad”.  Being a realist, I pondered upon the facts, I want to read and to me spending 400+ USD on iPad is waste of money. It would be bulkier as compared to even the high-end kindle. Besides it would be better to use a laptop for games, a digital camera for photography and a MP3 player for music.  Instead of  using one device for all. Let them all do what they were made for, a little bit of everything isn’t good.

Back to my dilemma, my research is on going and sooner or later I would come to a conclusion which would result to a dent in my pocket and an e-book reader or a tablet, suitable for my needs.

Date: 2012-03-29

Thumbs downToday I came across some discouraging facts about Kindle Fire. For now, am drifting away from Kindle Fire.

Date: 2012-03-30

Thumbs upKindle Fire’s colour screen appeals me.

Date: 2012-03-31

Thumbs down This might be last review I would read about the Kindle fire. Kindle Fire for sure is going down.

Its official am not buying the Kindle Fire.

Now the comparison is between Kindle Touch and Kindle Keyboard.

Date: 2012-04-01

Psstt !!! I like the Kindle Keyboard, but like a good geek would give enough time to Kindle Touch for a consideration.

Date 2012-04-02

Thumbs up Kindle Keyboard, gets my attention and perhaps hard earned money too.

Internet Explorer 9

From first few hours of installing and using IE 9 beta. I feel that Microsoft have started stealing features from other favourite browsers like Chrome.

To list a few:

  1. All the tab windows run independent of the browser. This means one tab crashing does not crash the browser. Doesn’t that sound like chrome ??
  2. For a download it does not pop up a window instead a small tab on the bottom of the browser window prompts what to do with the download. Again so much chrome like.
  3. The installer downloads a small file and rest is done like Chrome does.

May be we can say that Microsoft is learning its lessons from others now. Whatever !!! they might be lacking in originality of an idea, however still they are the best, when it comes to user comfort.