Getting photos from iPhone to Flickr

I’m getting a lot of questions about how we got the images sent from our iPhone to Flickr while we were walking around. Flickr has an “email images up” capability. You have to set up an email account on Flickr. Make a contact on the iPhone for Flickr with the email address that Flickr gives you. Then, take pictures and click the “send as email” button after you snap a picture.

That’s how Patrick was getting photos on Flickr while we were walking around the neighborhood. No syncing required.

On my Nokia N95 I just use Shozu, which is a Java app, to upload my photos. Works pretty well too.

Comparing N95 to iPhone

Let’s just stop here. The iPhone is superior in almost every way to the Nokia N95. The battery life is better. The contact management is better. The Web browser is better. The photo taking experience is better. The screen is better. The wireless management is better.

The one HUGE thing that’s keeping me from getting rid of my Nokia is the camera.

Now, how many people care about the camera on their cell phones? Not many. But there are a few weirdos like me.

I really am close to saying “screw it” and getting an iPhone anyway. It really is such a superior experience that I can’t justify ANYONE buying a Nokia over an iPhone. Seriously. It’s that divergent of an experience. Walking around I had to reboot my phone once and had some other troubles getting photos uploaded that Patrick didn’t have.

My battery went from 75% to 2% in the course of the walk. Patrick’s iPhone battery meter barely moved, even though he was doing just as much work as I was.

The only reason I’d suggest looking at the Nokia is if you really want a dramatically better camera than the iPhone gives you. Yeah, the Nokia has other features. GPS for one. That’s nice to have, especially if you hook it up to your camera (I haven’t) so that all your photos will be geoencoded. But let’s be honest here it really isn’t a “must have.” I can totally understand why Apple decided not to include one.

I can also totally hear Steve Jobs saying “get a real camera.” This is a time when he’s right.

I’d rather own the iPhone than the Nokia. That said I’m sticking it out with the Nokia so if you see me tomorrow at work you’ll see I am not carrying an iPhone.

That won’t last.

Here’s a photo, though, that demonstrates just how much better the Nokia camera is than the iPhone one.

Nokia N95:

Side of Ritz looking out over Pacific Ocean

Apple iPhone:

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iPhone stops people

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How important is conversationality to a product’s future? Well, we just went on a photo walk.

Not a single person stopped me to talk about my $750 Nokia N95 which has a superior camera.

But all along the walk people stopped to praise Patrick for his iPhone. Not to mention wanting to get a look at it the way these people did.

Has Apple changed the cell phone market? You tell me!

Going on an iPhoto walk

It’s stunningly beautiful here in Half Moon Bay, so Patrick and I are going for a photo walk. Why? To compare the cameras in the iPhone with the Nokia N95. We’ll shoot each subject twice, once with each camera.

Watch Patrick’s Flickr feed for iPhone photos.
Watch my Flickr feed for Nokia N95 photos. We’ll start at about 4:15 p.m. Pacific Time today and keep walking for the next hour or so.

It will be fun to take Thomas Hawk out on a similar walk, but he’s having lots of trouble getting his iPhone activated. He’s live streaming all his troubles with AT&T.

Liking iLike on Facebook

iLike is that app that got super popular, what, three weeks ago? Seems so long ago. It was “BI.” Or, “Before iPhone.”

Anyway, I found out that Tracy Chapman lives right up the street from me, so have been listening to her music lately and putting some of it up on my Facebook home page. If you’re one of the 1900+ people who’ve friended me on Facebook, you can listen along. If not, oh well.

Either way, iLike is a great music service. Just search for someone’s name and you can find music by them and add it to your Facebook profile too.

Oh, and did you know that everytime you write something on my wall my phone makes a noise thanks to inbound SMS? Everytime my phone does that I say “Facebook.” It drives Maryam nuts. Ahh, the fun we have in the Scoblehousehold.

Corporate blogging lessons, Google style

Michael Arrington is right. Google’s bloggers are learning an important lesson today.

When you speak in public and everyone knows who you work for you ARE representing your company. Even if you think you aren’t.

I know lots of you disagree, but you’re wrong. I’ve seen people get fired for things they’ve done on their own time, at a bar. Or a party after a conference.

Yeah, you can put some distance between you and your employer and keep things a little calmer if you write a disclaimer at the top of your posts. Something like “I am speaking for myself, not for my employer.”

But even then I still am building a mental model of your employer based on what you’re writing.

If you are a jerk, I’m going to assume your employer hires jerks.

I’ve noticed that people respond to ME differently because of how someone else at PodTech treated them. And I definitely hear it when I’ve been a jerk to someone else, or when I say something that reflects poorly on PodTech. There’s more than 30 people working at PodTech now and many of them don’t appreciate it when I write something idiotic (which is often).

I’m human, I make mistakes. So do employees at Google.

But those of us who work for corporations need to recognize that every word we write is seen as coming from the company in some way. It might not be right, but that’s the way it is.

If you don’t like it go work for yourself. Of course then you won’t get the flow that comes with being able to say “I’m a doctor working at Google.”