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Mango Making The Rounds This Week

Looks like Windows Phone Mango update will be making the rounds this week around the world.  Several European carriers are announcing today or tomorrow.  Canada is on the same boat as well.  Here in the US, At&t are announcing and probably pushing out the update tomorrow.

All I can say is FINALLY.  People with Windows Phone right now have been waiting for this.  It’s finally catching up with the likes of iOS and Android.  It’ll be a welcome update.  Hopefully it’s not too late.  With the current released winphones that are lacking is the front facing camera.  I think that it was a bad idea for Microsoft to not include this in the debut of Windows Phone last year.  A lot people are who got a phone last year, aren’t probably gonna get new phones this year.  With the economy as it is and most people are gonna be under a two year contract.  Therefore, they’ve got another year before they’ll will eventually upgrade their phones.    And it seems like all the new Windows Phone are coming with front facing cameras.  It’s a pity though.  Microsoft should have been ready from the start.

Hopefully that Mango update can persuade current users to stick it out and hopefully this Mango goes much smoother than the other Windows phone updates.  As far as the Mango update goes, not all phone will be updated at the same time.  Let watch some video of the Mango update and hopefully it does make the rounds this week.

Nokia’s N9, N950, And The Sea Ray

Well Nokia is bringing hype.  The question is, will they be able to keep the interest of the consumer.  Let’s look at what they announced.

N9

The Meego phone that would be king if it wasn’t so late to the party.  Design of the phone is great.  I’m pretty sure they took some design cues from the iPod Nanos.  Mainly in it’s curved touch screen.   It’s a buttonless phone on the front.  No capacity buttons on this either.  It’s just pure screen on the front.  An AMOLED screen at that so you get the best blacks of any screen available.  Also included in the front is the is camera locate on the lower right hand side.  Is that placement for the phone to be used in landscape when doing video calls?  Most likely.

On the side you’ve got your usuals like power button and volume rocker buttons.  Unusual is they didn’t include a camera button.  Surprising since the camera on this phone is great and fast.   One thing I didn’t noticed is where do you plug this in to your computer or a wall outlet?  There doesn’t seem to be any ports.  Maybe they just concealed it very well and I just can’t see it.

As far as the Meego OS goes, it has great potential.  One thing to do is get rid of that grid like icon.  Do something different instead.  Its so dated.  Make use of the “swipe” that Nokia keeps talking about.  One issue I do have is that their swipe implementation seems like it would require more actions for certain tasks due to the lack of buttons either capacitive, actual or software.  It smoothness is on par with the likes of Windows Phone, IOS.  It’s just seems a little to late to the party.  Look at WebOS.  It just doesn’t seem like it would take off.

N950

Well it’s just like the one mention above, but with a sliding keyboard.  This is where Nokia get things right.  There are people who love actual buttons to press on and Nokia listens to what the customer wants.  If Apple made an iPhone with a slide out keyboard, you’d bet my money there would be even more people with iPhones.  Nokia gives people choices.  They can never go wrong with that.

Sea Ray

This one looks exactly like the N9 with one minor difference.  It’s got a camera button on the side.  Also, it is running Windows Phone (Mango).  Nothing else was shown, but it look like it ready.  Hopefully this phone has some updated hardware (dual-core).  Other than that Nokia did state this was one of many Windows phone that are already working and hopefully will be available soon after the Mango update has been released.

Though the phones look great, did Nokia just announced it too soon?  Nokia does have a history of announcing things then have the product be release later than anticipated.  Hopefully with the new boss around, things have changed and they have come to compete.

Windows 8 Why Are You So Far?

I’m not talking about features or user interface wise, but on when you’ll be available to the masses. Your touch ui is really great. The split screen is genius. How about that multitasking nice. Oh and those touch button icon (some of the most used things you would do) is awesome. Did I mention how software (apps) can be made via HTML5 and Java if you’re so inclined. It’s a freaking full OS!

My question, why are you so far away? Why do you have to tease us, when all we have is that ios thing and that other honey thing? You’re like that light at the end of the tunnel. You’re like an oasis. You’ve got the looks, the power, and the individuality. Who needs those other underpowered oses when we can have a full blown one that can run every big app imaginable (if they rewrite it for Windows 8).

You think I’m full of it? Well check out the video below:

PS: Hey Microsoft, I’d be glad to be a beta tester for Windows 8 (of course with one of the quad-core tablet to test it on).

Asus Ep121: An Artist’s Dream Tablet

Things are looking mighty fine for tablets in the year 2011.  Not only are there an abundent amount of Android tablets, there are also new players in the game like RIM with their Playbook and HP WebOS tablets.  Probably the one that is really catching a lot of attention is the one by Asus. Called the EeePad  e121, it’s a 12in slate tablet that runs Windows7.

The specs are truely amazing for such a thin device.  It’s got 12″ (1280×800 resolution) IPS display that is both a capacitive and a Wacom digitizer.  Yeah you heard that right, a Wacom digitizer.  Not only that, but it also has a core I5 processor.  It’s not a Core2Duo nor an Atom processor.  A full blown updated (hopefully a Sandy-Bridge) processor.  Now the only two drawbacks I see are the Intel HD graphics, but hopefully it’s the much newer version that comes out with the new Sandy-Bridge processors.  The other thing is the battery-life.  It’s not the greatest, but it’s in line with any laptop these days.  From intials testings from people around the web that’s got it, it’ last around 3-4 hours.  I’m not really surprised since it runs an Intel core I5 processor, it has 12″ screen with  touch and Wacom pen and it’s only slighty thicker than an iPad.  Did I mention that this tablet is affordable for what you get?  It will retail for $1000.  That’s cheap I tell.  Anyways, take a gander at the video below.

This Is How You Promote Windows 7 In Japan

This is only in Japan things.  Microsoft actually has a mascot in Japan and what better way to attract people by creating Madobe Nanami.  A cute anime character.  It even tells you how to make your computers (don’t forget the screws).  It’s nice to see companies take a different approach sometimes.  Compared to the other company (the fruity one) which doesn’t even market their computers anymore just their phones and music players, Microsoft has a created what could be the next anime character to go big.

Final Fantasy XIII Is Here

After many months of waiting, I can finally play the game.  Even though, there are people who might dislike it for its linear storyline, I’m just happy to be able to see what kind of action this thing will have.

I’m kind of upset that the US market didn’t get any kind of special edition packages.  The only one we got was the game guide and the Xbox 360 bundle.  Whoopee do.  Where’s my figurines, music CD, and art book?  I think this is the first time that Square shafted the US market.  You may want to blame it on Microsoft.  There were rumors that the only special edition was to be the 360 bundle.  That bundle isn’t even worth.  Who wants a face plate of Lightning (looks cheap too)?  It pales in comparison to the white PS3 Japanese bundle.  Well, enough of my rant.  Playing this game will help me forget about the lack of the special editions.