James Rosewell writes:
Mark’s been encouraging me to write an opinion piece on the Nexus One for the last few days and I’m finally putting fingers to keyboard to share my experiences. It’s taken so long because this phone has so many features. On a positive note I could go into details about the gorgeous screen, the Android Marketplace that will out-sell Apple’s over the next 18 months, the built-in satellite navigation service and the speedy processor that makes everything run smoothly in real time. Or on a less positive note, the touch screen keyboard that sucks (think carefully about this if you’re a heavy texter or emailer, it’s even worse than the original iPhone), the lack of ActiveSync for Calendars and Tasks, no support for WMA music files or the clunky zoom functions on the web browser.
However I’m going to focus on voice dictation. Nexus One is the first phone I’ve used with this feature.
Nokia says it's making its Ovi Maps satellite navigation application free on compatible smartphones. The new version of Ovi Maps will include turn-by-turn voice guidance for 74 countries with additional traffic information in a number of locations. There'll also be detailed maps for over 180 countries plus free access to Lonely Planet and Michelin travel guides.
Maps can be pre-loaded, enabling navigation to be carried out 'offline' without incurring data charges.
Mark Bridge writes:
Here’s a curious thing. Firstly, Amazon creates the Kindle. It starts selling the Kindle in the USA with a mobile deal that lets users download electronic books and newspapers wherever they are. Then it starts selling the Kindle to us in the UK, although – hang on a moment – it’s not talking about a UK mobile deal. Instead it still seems to be ‘roaming’ from the AT&T network. Next comes the larger-screen Kindle DX – also roaming away when it reaches our shores. And now Amazon is talking about third-party downloadable applications for the Kindle. Yes, a mobile device with downloadable apps. Hold that thought; I’ll be returning to it.