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OMAP3 powers the Omnia HD

I had my suspicions this would be true when I first read about what the i8910 could do, but this article seems to confirm it. The Omnia HD is powered by an OMAP 3 chip with a dedicated graphics processor.  Which kind of OMAP 3 is unclear—there’s a 3430, which is what the Palm Pre is using, and is the most likely candidate for the i8910—but regardless, this means the phone will be incredibly fast and responsive.  The dedicated graphics processor will allow all those fancy animations to render and process that much more quickly too.

You can see some of the cool animations and effects (that don’t exist on Nokia’s S60 5.0 devices) in this video:

It’s 2006 all over again–the real Nokia N95 sucessor has arrived as the Omnia HD

Don’t let the title mislead you—when I say it’s 2006, that’s a good thing.  It was in 2006 that Nokia shocked the world when it unveiled the N95, a phone that even by today’s harsh standards is still a very good phone.

It was today, Feb. 16, 2009, that Samsung has announced the first phone that in my opinion is able to fully replace every aspect of one’s mobile life, just as the N95 did three years ago.

The Samsung i8910 OmniaHD is far more impressive than any other mobile presented at MWC thus far.  The only thing that can rival it at this point is the Sony Ericsson Idou, but that is just a concept for now and not a real competitor due to its far-future release.

The Omnia HD incorporates a gigantic touchscreen, frickin’ HD video recording, and—this is the part the impressed me—triband HSPA, which means it’s fully usuable in North America on the 1900 Mhz frequency band.  WOOHOO!

Let’s take a look at the complete spec sheet:

  • Symbian S60 5.0
  • GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • HSDPA (7.2 Mbps)/HSUPA 900/1900/2100
  • 123x58x12.9mm
  • GPS/aGPS
  • 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen @ 640×360
  • 8/16 GB of internal ROM
  • microSD slot up to 32 GB
  • WLAN b/g with DLNA
  • Proximity sensor/Accelerometer
  • 8 MP (3264×2448 ) camera
  • Face/Smile/Blink detection
  • Geotagging
  • HD video recording (1280×720@24fps)
  • microUSB (with charging)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • HDMI port
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • FM radio with RDS/FM transmitter
  • Digital compass
  • 1500 mAh battery

In other words: I just jizzed in my pants.

I’ll have my full opinion on this amazing phone later, as well as updates for other phones.  Until then, salivate over those specs.

The Samsung i8910 – It is mine

Holy crap holy crap holy holy crap holy crap crap!

It’s confirmed. It’s all confirmed.

Excuse me a moment while I cool down and compose myself.  This is like porn for me.

(Five minutes pass.)

OK, ok…I think I’m ready.  First off, let me introduce you to the Samsung i8910, in the flesh.  Yesterday’s rumors proved 100% accurate, which I must say is a bit of a rarity.  Usually with rumors one or two things are either off or completely wrong, which leads to disappointment and general sad panda-ness when the “real” device is actually unveiled either in additional spy shots or officially.

But this time it all proved true—and I could not be happier.

Let’s go through the specs that, thanks to the shots, are now fact:

  • S60 5th Edition with touch
  • GPS
  • WiFi with DLNA
  • 8 MP camera (3264×2448 )
  • HDMI-out
  • High Definition video recording (1280×720), plus D1 (720×480), VGA (640×480) and QVGA (320×240)
  • DivX support
  • UPDATE: 3.5mm jack (according to text)
  • UPDATE: Capacitive (glass) screen (according to text)
  • UPDATE: AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diod) display

What is still unknown is the processor (though it must be very powerful to even be able to handle 720p video recording and playback—possibly an OMAP 3430 or similar chip) and the screen size.  S60 5.0 is known to be capable of at least nHD (640×360) resolution, so the i8910 is at least that or possibly higher (it’s currently rumored at WVGA, 800×480).

I haven’t been this impressed with a phone in a very long while.  There have been exciting phones, yes—the first slew of 8MP phones were some, but the feeling faded rather quickly—but this is the first phone to completely knock it out of the park.  More often than not, phones don’t deliver everything; there’s always give and take.  You want an 8MP camera?  You’re not getting a touchscreen.  You want 8MP and a touchscreen?  You’re not getting WiFi and it’s not going to be a smartphone.  You want WiFi and a smartphone?  Well, it won’t be 8MP, buddy.  This is the first phone to incorporate literally every 2009-spec feature and then some.  The ONLY thing this phone doesn’t have—and it’s due to the sheer apparent thinness of the device—is a Xenon flash.  MWC may reveal more awesome phones, but I doubt many will be as good as this one, and I can’t believe any will be better.  At least, not this early in the year.

UPDATE: In addition to everything else, it also apparently has a capacitive screen (think iPhone) which is AMOLED (which saves a ton on battery life).  INSANE.

More drool-worthy pictures after the break.

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What do they put in the water in Brisbane?

…For this shit to be so freaking amazing?

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Verrrry very interesink

If this shoddily-translated Korean report is true, apparently we’ll be seeing a 12 MP camera phone out of Samsung at MWC this year.  (No, not a “1200” MP phone as the article states; that’s for next year.)

While it’s generally regarded as fact that 12 MP phones will be released this year—both Samsung and Sony announced mobile 12 MP sensors around November of last year—I wasn’t expecting an actual device so early.  Of course, maybe there will be no device yet and this report is bologna, but it’s still interesting nonetheless.  Of course, Samsung is a Korean company and if anyone had insider information it would probably be the Koreans.

Whether this device materializes on the 9th, which is when the “biggest release of the year” is supposed to be announced, remains a mystery.

Unless Nokia pulls a rabbit out of its ass, I expect Samsung to be crowned the Cameraphone King at MWC this year, since it was already rumored that an 8 MP phone with optical zoom was to be introduced, and now we have evidence the 12 MP behemoth will also be showcased.

My mouth salivates.

3G in Omaha

My last 3G in Omaha post is probably the most popular on the whole friggin’ blog, and I’m comforted that some people are as dorky as I am.

Unfortunately, it’s also the one I didn’t update when the switch was actually flipped.

So, it shall come as no surprise to anyone that 3G/HSDPA is now deployed in Omaha and has been for over a month.  There were delays, stops, forks in the road, and probably a few murders, but it all got figured out in the end.

For the record, HSDPA in Omaha is deployed ONLY on the 1900 Mhz band, as is 2G EDGE.  There is no 850 Mhz in Omaha to speak of, though that doesn’t mean they’ll someday augment the current network with some 850.  Of course, by the time they do, we’ll have 4G LTE and no one will care.

The speeds are…good.  Not great.  I’m certainly having a blast surfing the ‘Net on 3G, but it’s not as ZOMG SUPR AMAZIN like I was expecting.  Indeed, on my Nokia N95 and N82, both of which are limited to EDGE in the States, my browsing experience is only minimally worse than on my AT&T-branded Nokia 6650 with HSDPA 850/1900.  That said, I’m glad it’s here and am happy to take advantage of it.  The only significant difference in speed seems to be sending and receiving email.

The thing that sucks now is that I need to be more picky when I get new phones.  Before, my only requirement was quadband GSM.  Now, I require that and at least dualband 850/1900 HSDPA.  Nokia does a good job getting NAM versions of their Nseries line, so I think I’ll be safe.

You all are going to shoot me, but…

…I’m seriously thinking about selling my N82 in about two to three months. Nope, guess not.  See above post.

*Dodges the tomatoes

Through a site called ImportGSM.com, I can sell back any phone for “fair market value,” and since my N82 is NEW, for all intents and purposes, I expect I could recoup almost all of my money.

You can either choose to receive a check in the mail, or a coupon on a new phone.

Well, you can guess which I want.

That’s right: Today Nokia announced the Nokia N85, which is probably the most revolutionary phone they’ve announced since the N95 two-plus years ago.

The N85 is being billed as the N95 replacement/true successor, rather than the N96. The N96 is more than 1.5 times as much money, and is simply too bulky and unoriginal for “average” people to purchase.

The N85, on the other hand, combines many brand-new technologies. It has an FM transmitter, which allows you to broadcast music on an FM band and pick it up in your car or on a stereo. VERY cool. It is also the first Nokia phone to have triband HSDPA, which means GLOBAL roaming in both the US and Europe on 3G frequencies. Awesome. It also has an AM-OLED screen, which is a brand-new technology that doesn’t require a backlight. Backlights are the main battery drains on a phone (except for making calls), and the AM-OLED display removes this, thus boosting the battery life tremendously. That, and it has a 1200 mAh battery—the largest in an Nseries phone. It also has S60 FP2, which has pretty transitions and other eye candy. The N85’s D-pad also doubles as a scroll wheel, similar to an iPod.  Not to mention, it’s both smaller and thinner than the N82.

It’s also set for immediate release—well, close to immediate. October, I think.

I am amazed by the phone. I love my N82 to pieces, but this phone brings something new to the table, and I’m very interested. If I were unable to trade in phones and recoup money, I would never consider it, but the prospect of slashing possibly $400 off the initial $650 price tag is very appealing to me. If I wait a little longer, that price is surely to drop.

Dunno. I’m tempted. I admit it’s an odd move even for me, but this phone is something special.

Omaha at night

I hung out with some friends yesterday and we ended up at the Con Agra Campus, as usual, since it’s very picturesque.  Armed with my N82, I took some night shots. I used Night Mode to get the lighting and Burst Mode to take rapid-fire shots so I could capture everything.

I think they turned out well, especially with the lights and water effects (there’s a gigantic fountain in the middle of the lake, as you’ll see).  This is my favorite part of Omaha.

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Good news for Windows/toast fans

Last night while I was up until midnight reading Ctrl+Alt+Del, this would have been very handy.  I’m taking about, of course, the idea of slipping a piece of bread into my computer and having it cook into toast in a matter of minutes, after which I would have consumed it and continued reading.

That is now a reality with the CrazyPC Bay Toaster which is important and cool enough to receive a mention in today’s newspaper.

The logic here is that many people have empty bays in their computers, or a floppy drive they don’t need, so the only logical alternative is to replace this dead space with a toaster.

Don’t worry: there is a crumb catcher so that bread pieces don’t fall into the computer and ignite it. AND there’s a heating duct to prevent the computer from overheating and THEN igniting.  AND there’s a Mac version coming soon for you losers.

Breakfast is served.

New addiction

Yes, because one wasn’t enough.

And, no, I haven’t taken up crack.

I’m addicted to Ctrl+Alt+Del. It’s all I’ve been reading all day.  Oh, SURE, there were fleeting moments of playing TS2 and watching MST3K, but the bulk of the day has been spend at the hands of the CAD gang.

There’s video games, satire, swearing, innuendo, blood, and android XBOXes. It’s pure win.  And Zeke the Xbot is the greatest character ever.

LED vs Xenon…FIGHT!

The winner is clear, as I knew it would be.

In the fight between an LED flash and a Xenon flash, there is no contest.

The N95, while close to perfection, is beat out in the camera department by the N82.  Low-light conditions were not the N95’s friend, as they were either too dark, blurry, or both.

The N82, with its Xenon gas flash, eliminates any problems related to darkenss, night, or anything relating with or pertaining to black (DAMN I did it again! 😛 ).

Following the jump will reveal the true difference between the two flashes.

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Something you didn’t learn in history class

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I got this from Dave Barry’s blog, but apparently the King of Pop is quite a bit older than we all thought.  From the Field Museum in Chicago.

Kind of gives new meaning to the music video to “Remember The Time.”

New toy to play with

My black Nokia N82 arrived this morning while I was at work.

I haven’t put in the battery or turned it on, but I am still SUPREMELY impressed.  I don’t know if it’s the color or what, but the phone is just downright sexy. Pictures really don’t do it justice (especially since I haven’t taken off the protective plastic).

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Phones galore in Vegas

My original plan in Vegas, at some point, was to find the Nokia Experience Center at the Fashion Show Mall.  It has since left, but I was pleasantly surprised by some of the other things available.

The first encounter was at the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops.

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