RIM is trying very hard to make BlackBerry hip, although the platform is struggling to keep up with its peers (namely iPhone, Android and even Symbian), BlackBerry offer features that are unique to its platform and a lot of people like that.
So there are people that choose to use BlackBerry devices over an iPhone, an Adroid device and even Nokia’s Symbian offerings, what makes BlackBerrys appealing to these people are who are these people?
This new series of commercials gives us a glimpse of who uses BlackBerry and what they use it for — at that’s what RIM want you to believe.
Do use a BlackBerry? What do you use it mainly for?
Head on over to after the jump for the full series of the just released BlackBerry commercials for the Torch 9800.
When we first had a look at the Looxcie, we thought — “what a cool gadget!” — and indeed it is.
What is a Looxcie exactly you ask? Well, it’s a wearable video camera that’s also a Bluetooth headset. You wear the Looxcie on your ear (left or right ear, both is fine), you adjust it so that the camera is aligned at the same level as your eyes, switch it on and the device will start recording everything that you see.
The tiny camera has storage to record up 4 hours with enough juice to power the device through up to 4 hours of video recording or over 6 hours of talk time (when video recording in disabled, though you can use both functions at the same time).
It records in HVGA videos and stores it in MP4 format. The Looxcie would’ve been perfect if it was able to record in 720p. When activated, Looxcie continuous records everything you see. When you see something you want to share or keep in permanent storage, with a press of a button, the last 30 seconds of that moment is stored as a permanent clip on the device. Looxcie can upload that clip to YouTube for instant sharing as well.
To unlock the full capabilities of the Looxcie, Android users can download the Looxcie application that turns your Android phone into a viewfinder, remote control and editing tool for creating clips up to 30 minutes in length.
There’s no app for the iPhone or Nokia devices yet but the makers of Looxcie says, these will be coming soon. On top of that the Looxcie is a Bluetooth headset with active noise cancellation and digital signal processing.
For more details about Looxcie, head on over to hwww.looxcie.com. If you’re interested, the Looxcie retails for US$199 or about RM615 excluding shipping and handling.
Speaking of lenses, check out these nifty fisheye and macro/wide-angle combo lenses from Photojojo. They stick onto to the back your phone and allows you to capture shots you normally could not with the standard lens on your mobile phone.
They work with any camera phone via detachable magnetic ring that sticks to your mobile phone with double-sided tape.
The combo lens retails for US$40 or about RM124 excluding shipping and handling. If you’re interested, Photojojo says they ship internationally but we’re not sure if that include deliveries to Malaysia as well.
Well, you can email them to find out.
We had some hands-on time with the Nokia N8 earlier this month and was impressed with the improvements that Nokia has introduced in the Symbian OS, the overall quality of the device and it’s imaging performance.
The 12MP camera on the Nokia N8 produces some of the best images we’ve seen captured from a mobile phone. Though we’ll need more playtime with the Nokia N8 to draw a conclusion, there’s no denying that there’s some very high-end stuff used in the Nokia N8 camera.
Chief among this is the Carl Zeiss Tessar optics that consists of five single optical elements, all of which has aspherical surfaces. To give you a picture of how complex that is in terms of lenses for mobile phones, there are typically three to four elements in a good quality lens used in a DSLR with some of the more complicated ones containing over 15 elements.
To explain more about the lens used on the Nokia N8, head boffin at Carl Zeiss, Dr. Hubert Nasse goes on video and gives you a some details the stuff that’s packed into the lens of the Nokia N8.
Head on over to after the jump to check out the video. You’ll be interested to find out that the video was shot and edited fully on a Nokia N8.
It’s an interesting offer which many value hunting Malaysians will take up. DiGi has put up a Facebook gallery of the phones that were traded in yesterday at Quill 9 and although some may see them a spieces of junk, we see the gallery as a treasure trove of devices from simpler days, days when you get blazing speeds with GPRS speeds of up to 114kbps and Bluetooth was a foreign concept to many, days when keypads where the input method of choice and touchscreens were high-end stuff.
Some of these phones broke new ground while others were experiments in innovation gone wrong, some brands have withered and die while the leaders of those days are now struggling to compete with the Android and iPhone devices of today but whatever it is, all of these phone has had some part to play in shaping the mobile scene today.
Take a look at the gallery on DiGi’s Facebook page and tell us if it made you smile and go, “oh man! I remember that phone” or “hey, I used to have that phone!“. We did.
Thanks for putting up the pictures DiGi. Hope you put more up.
In the meantime, take a look of this official live demo video done by Samsung to showcase the various features and capabilities of the Galaxy Tab. Samsung claim that the video has “no graphic effects” as so to “objectively present the key features and benefits” of the device.
Head on to after the jump to view the video.