Yesterday I visited Qik.com’s headquarters and they loaded a very early version of their iPhone streaming video app onto my iPhone. Here’s the first video I did with it.
Note that this is NOT a jailbroken iPhone, but they needed to do some magic to build me an app that’ll only run on my iPhone. I don’t know when it’ll be submitted to Apple as an official application. But for now I’m having fun trying it out.
Last Friday I had Sumit Agarwal, product manager on Google’s mobile team on my show, which is about how the Internet is changing work, WorkFastTV. Damn, that guy knows his mobile!
In half an hour we run through dozens of things you can do with your cell phone. This is my favorite WorkFast show so far, because I learned a ton of stuff that I could do with my cell phone that I didn’t know about. How many of these things are you using?
We didn’t just talk about Google stuff, either. What else do you do with your cell phone that we didn’t talk about?
I just got a note that Qik just shipped into beta on the iPhone. I’ll be testing this out and will let you know what I think. One thing, the quality isn’t expected to be as good as what I get on my Nokia phones for two reasons:
1. The compression is being done in software on the iPhone, where on Nokia phones there’s hardware support for that.
2. The camera isn’t close to as good, particularly in low light.
But, that said, lots of people only have iPhones, and don’t have Nokia phones, so this will let a lot of people do streaming video from their cell phones that couldn’t do it before.
One thing: if you do this, it’ll probably really drain your batteries (my Nokias only last about 40 minutes when I do streaming video) so beware of that if you try to stream something long.
UPDATE: One big thing is you need to jailbreak your iPhone before you can load this app. That’s very unfortunate because most people will not jailbreak their phones.
I just wrote a guest post over on TechCrunch where I cover why Kyte.tv is going to win in the cell phone video space.
Oh, I wish I could write that headline. I did interview AT&T’s CTO, John Donovan, on my Nokia cell phone today. We did talk about the 3G network that AT&T built. But he wouldn’t answer any questions about Apple. Of course that’s why he got to be CTO of one of the biggest phone companies in the world: he’s smart.
This was the first time he was interviewed on a cell phone, which I found somewhat interesting. He talked to me about the LTE network they are working on, which will be even faster than 3G.
Speaking of Qik, on TechCrunch they just announced that they are supporting Windows Mobile now too.
You can’t compare a $3,000 digital SLR to a $500 cell phone from Nokia, can you? Well, look at these two photos. Which one was made with the Canon 5D with a 50mm F1.4 lens and which one was made with a Nokia N82 cell phone?
You can visit my Flickr account to see which camera made which images and you’ll see some other comparison photos and other images that I’ve made with the Nokia N82. Make sure you click on the “All Sizes” option to see the full resolution images to really compare.
Yes, if you look closely the images made with the pro SLR are nicer, but that isn’t the point. The point is that photos made with cell phones are getting to be darn good. The worst photo you’ll ever take is the one you don’t take because you didn’t have your camera with you. I don’t know about you, but only photo geeks like Thomas Hawk take their pro cameras everywhere (he shoots with a Canon 5D). I know I carry my cell phone everywhere, but only have my 5D a small percentage of the time, so I’m far more likely to get a shot of something interesting with my cell phone. Speaking of Thomas, he wrote two great posts yesterday. First is on the 10 things he learned from Ansel Adams. The second is about 12 ways to never miss a photo opportunity.
How does the N82 compare to the older N95? The camera is better and I like the phone overall better with one glaring problem: it doesn’t work with AT&T’s 3G network, so doing video on Qik on the N82 isn’t nearly as nice.