I’m a phone freak

Everywhere I go I carry three phones now:

1. iPhone.
2. Nokia N95.
3. Nokia N82.

I also have a Blackjack II Windows Mobile smartphone that I occassionally carry.

I have three separate SIMs, er, three separate phone numbers (I only use one for voice calls, though, and my number is +1-425-205-1921).

So, why do I carry around so many phones?

Well, I need to do videos on Qik. I’ve done 700 already including three yesterday alone. To do those videos, though, I need 3G and video capabilities. The only one that fits that bill is the Nokia N95. So, why carry around the N82? Well, the still camera on that one is better. My photos on Flickr are probably shot with that or my Canon 5D camera.

So why the iPhone? I hate the browsers on the Nokias. The iPhone is much nicer for browsing, for looking at maps, for reading emails, and for looking at stuff like stocks and weather.

“But isn’t the N95 faster due to its 3G?”

Yes, but not enough to really matter. The reason you need 3G is for video. But I will buy the new 3G iPhone when it comes out and I’ll do a video demo so you can see the difference in browser speed. It will be noticeable.

Why not a Blackberry? Well, I had one in the late 1990s. I was so addicted that my hands started hurting. I lost it in a taxicab in New Orleans and since then my hands have never hurt, so I try to avoid phones with keyboards (which probably explains why I don’t carry around the Blackjack much).

Anyway, I’m looking forward to trying other phones out. I know Nokia has some new ones coming soon. Anything else? If I do a review, what would you like me to tell you about these three phones?

93 thoughts on “I’m a phone freak

  1. Scoble,
    Have you checked out the Samsung Insight? I don’t even know if it’s out yet but their demo videos pitting it against the iPhone are pretty impressive.

  2. Yeah, tell us which phones you pay for and which ones are given to you by the manufacturer. I’m willing to bet cash you didn’t buy your own N95 or N82.

  3. Yeah, tell us which phones you pay for and which ones are given to you by the manufacturer. I’m willing to bet cash you didn’t buy your own N95 or N82.

  4. Well to each his own on how many devices you carry (as long as you don’t carry them on your belt!)

    But the monthly charges must be suffocating in aggregate.

  5. Well to each his own on how many devices you carry (as long as you don’t carry them on your belt!)

    But the monthly charges must be suffocating in aggregate.

  6. I toally understand your ‘multi gadgetness’. I have an N95, and have only really used it to stream video. It’s the best at that, period. I also carry a cheap, for-calls only phone. And yes, when the new iPhone comes out, I’d like one of those too, for mobile web browsing. Mobile browsing is not fun on the N95. I refuse to spend ten minutes (and get stressed) trying to do something on my N95 that a laptop, or an iPhone, can do in one.

  7. I toally understand your ‘multi gadgetness’. I have an N95, and have only really used it to stream video. It’s the best at that, period. I also carry a cheap, for-calls only phone. And yes, when the new iPhone comes out, I’d like one of those too, for mobile web browsing. Mobile browsing is not fun on the N95. I refuse to spend ten minutes (and get stressed) trying to do something on my N95 that a laptop, or an iPhone, can do in one.

  8. Since you seem to be a big fan of cameras on cellphones, why aren’t you a fan of the Sony Ericcson Cybershot series? A year ago they had the best cameras on cellphones (and their photo editing on the phone was cool to). I have lost touch with their lineup since then :)

  9. Since you seem to be a big fan of cameras on cellphones, why aren’t you a fan of the Sony Ericcson Cybershot series? A year ago they had the best cameras on cellphones (and their photo editing on the phone was cool to). I have lost touch with their lineup since then :)

  10. You can indeed upload photos from a small digital cam via the Eye-Fi wireless SD card which allows you to take advantage of a wi-fi connection to upload photos directly.

    Thanks for the great post though Robert. I haven’t heard you mention your iPhone lately as much. Hopefully, Steve will give us video soon so that you can lose a phone or two. Incidentally, there is one decent video solution for a jailbroken iPhone at iphonevideorecorder.com. Unfortunately, you cannot stream live yet bc Qik doesn’t support the iPhone.

    Keep the great videos and posts coming.

  11. You can indeed upload photos from a small digital cam via the Eye-Fi wireless SD card which allows you to take advantage of a wi-fi connection to upload photos directly.

    Thanks for the great post though Robert. I haven’t heard you mention your iPhone lately as much. Hopefully, Steve will give us video soon so that you can lose a phone or two. Incidentally, there is one decent video solution for a jailbroken iPhone at iphonevideorecorder.com. Unfortunately, you cannot stream live yet bc Qik doesn’t support the iPhone.

    Keep the great videos and posts coming.

  12. Rob,

    You can capture video on the iPhone if you jailbreak it – and why not just have a proper Canon Powershot or other camera and consolidate to a single phone?

  13. Rob,

    You can capture video on the iPhone if you jailbreak it – and why not just have a proper Canon Powershot or other camera and consolidate to a single phone?

  14. Mitchell: I don’t know of a way to connect my 5D to the cell phone network so it sends photos immediately without connecting something to a computer.

    Guy: tasks? I mostly use my calendar to manage my tasks. iPhone wins there. email? iPhone wins there again. Why? Much easier to navigate around than the other phones that I have. I guess the Blackjack II would be better for email thanks to its keyboard. I just don’t like using it as much as the iPhone.

  15. Mitchell: I don’t know of a way to connect my 5D to the cell phone network so it sends photos immediately without connecting something to a computer.

    Guy: tasks? I mostly use my calendar to manage my tasks. iPhone wins there. email? iPhone wins there again. Why? Much easier to navigate around than the other phones that I have. I guess the Blackjack II would be better for email thanks to its keyboard. I just don’t like using it as much as the iPhone.

  16. How do you manage tasks? Do you use any of these phones for tasks? Which phone do you prefer to send an email and why? Thanks.

  17. How do you manage tasks? Do you use any of these phones for tasks? Which phone do you prefer to send an email and why? Thanks.

  18. “A small digital camera can’t send its images to the Web without being connected to a computer.”

    You could argue that some phones are actually better thought of as “cameras which happen to connect to the internet and do voice”, though. The LG Viewty comes to mind – great video and camera, up there with “real” cameras for quality, but not so great phone or web browser.

    In fact, I’d be prepared to bet that in five years time, even semi-pro SLRs will come with WiFi, 3/4G data and the ability to upload to the web built in. If your camera could be uploading while you were shooting, it could end the need for multiple memories card – even when shooting RAW :)

  19. “A small digital camera can’t send its images to the Web without being connected to a computer.”

    You could argue that some phones are actually better thought of as “cameras which happen to connect to the internet and do voice”, though. The LG Viewty comes to mind – great video and camera, up there with “real” cameras for quality, but not so great phone or web browser.

    In fact, I’d be prepared to bet that in five years time, even semi-pro SLRs will come with WiFi, 3/4G data and the ability to upload to the web built in. If your camera could be uploading while you were shooting, it could end the need for multiple memories card – even when shooting RAW :)

  20. Do a review about phones that when you use, it doesn’t hurt your fingers. Hahaha! Nice post, scooble. I haven’t tried any expensive phone camera yet, but looking forward soon.

  21. Do a review about phones that when you use, it doesn’t hurt your fingers. Hahaha! Nice post, scooble. I haven’t tried any expensive phone camera yet, but looking forward soon.

  22. —MODERATE OUT—

    English Fail. Should read “…Android handsets hit the streets…”

  23. Phone freak or not, do you really want to go spending hundreds of dollars on a new iPhone just for 3G? You already have a great 3G phone, one that can record video, do voice chat and awesome stuff like send files up to Qik etc.

    I for one am saving my money for when Android handsets to hit the streets later this year. Sure the iPhone has a great browser and third party apps, but Android will allow me to have all that stuff, and much more, on hardware that is far better (technically, if not aesthetically) than the iPhone.

  24. Phone freak or not, do you really want to go spending hundreds of dollars on a new iPhone just for 3G? You already have a great 3G phone, one that can record video, do voice chat and awesome stuff like send files up to Qik etc.

    I for one am saving my money for when Android handsets to hit the streets later this year. Sure the iPhone has a great browser and third party apps, but Android will allow me to have all that stuff, and much more, on hardware that is far better (technically, if not aesthetically) than the iPhone.

  25. So amongst all the tweets and blog posts yest. about the iPhone 1.5 I missed when it will actually be available to buy? When is the big day happening?

  26. So amongst all the tweets and blog posts yest. about the iPhone 1.5 I missed when it will actually be available to buy? When is the big day happening?

  27. The obvious one that you have to look at – when it arrives over there of course – is the HTC Touch Diamond. Whilst I suspect that the camera won’t be good enough to do for the N82 the web browser (which I’m looking forward to playing with) and the fact that Qik are starting to provide support of Windows Mobile devices might (lots of emphasis on the work might) be sufficient…

  28. The obvious one that you have to look at – when it arrives over there of course – is the HTC Touch Diamond. Whilst I suspect that the camera won’t be good enough to do for the N82 the web browser (which I’m looking forward to playing with) and the fact that Qik are starting to provide support of Windows Mobile devices might (lots of emphasis on the work might) be sufficient…

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