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Aug 30

“Dumbphone” of the season: Vodafone 555 Blue

Posted by Mobile Kugel in vodafone 555 blue , south africa , Smartphone , qwerty , nexus s , lower income groups , Facebook , edge , dumbphone , Data , cost , cheap , blackberry , application , adsl , 3G , 2.5g

Mobile Kugel

Yes, I know the general term for WAP enabled phones these days is “smartphone”, but after doing some research on the Vodafone 555 Blue, I had to borrow the term “dumbphone” from Tech Crunch’s Chris Velazco.

Aug 16

Nokia Maps: @PigSpotter’s got competition

Posted by Mobile Kugel in turn by turn navigation , traffic updates , tom tom , Symbian , south africa , Smartphone , pigspotter , nokia maps , navteq , heat mapping , google maps , Google , garman , crowdsource , cape town , android , 3D

Mobile Kugel

Nokia Maps may just be the answer for South Africans who feel like they spend a substantial chunk of their days in traffic.

May 08

The future of Smartphones...and computing

Posted by Dissol in Smartphone , Paper Phone , Future computing


I think I have seen the future, and it looks very exciting!  Although still in early days, and little more than a concept, Canadian researchers have produced a demo model (although still linked to a laptop at present.  The biggest problem I can see is batteries (this is always an issue with any smart phone / portable computer), but maybe we shall have access to some of the wearable batteries that have been promised for so long by then?

Apr 27

Android is Socialist. Apple is Capitalist.

Posted by Mobile Kugel in xcode , south africa , socialist , Smartphone , open handset alliance , JAVA , IOS , ideos , google android app inventor , Google , Data , capitalist , blackberry , Bandwidth , android , africa

Mobile Kugel

I was talking to my sister the other day, the one that resembles a kichel. She was asking me what the difference is between all the phones that are on the market.

Apr 27

I see some fruit and little green men in your future

Posted by fastforward in windows 7 mobile , statistics , south africa , Smartphone , research in motion , Nokia , iPhone , Google , cellphone , blackberry , Apple , andriod


Android robot

Apr 20

Facebook deals: a future reward for your facebook addiction

Posted by fastforward in Social Networking , Smartphone , mobile , location , Groupon , foursquare , Facebook Places , facebook deals , Facebook , deals , check in , blackberry , app


Jan 10

What's missing from the Samsung Wave...

Posted by Jas in technology , software , Social Networking , Smartphone , Samsung Wave , rant , mobile phone , hardware , firmware , data access


So I’ve had the Samsung Wave (S8500) for the better part of a year, and I will admit I do still love the phone. But after a year, I’m quite discouraged by its App store – and I really, really think they could have owned the market (or at least broken into the market) somewhat better if they had introduced a free data bundle plan – ala Research In Motion (BlackBerry users). Smart phones, on average, seem quite chatty in nature, and while I haven’t found the Wave to be over chatty, if you’re using your social networks often, I can see how it would raise the bar for data downloads.

The App store, which has been open for around a year, still lacks a lot of social networking integration, and the Samsung Wave’s internal social networking apps don’t appear to have been updated since I received the phone (and might have been updated in the firmware update - but read more about that below). There hasn’t been much adoption from third parties, and there’s nothing in terms of geolocation-based apps ala FourSquare etc. (or I just haven’t seen them on the App store?).

More alarming, although perhaps because I received the phone from the Samsung Bada developer conference last year, is that I’m unable to update the firmware of the Bada operating system up to 1.2 through the Samsung Kies suite – basically the software you install to access your phone from your computer. It always complains there are no updates available – and I really don’t want to go through the whole process of manually attempting to update the firmware without the use of Kies in case something goes wrong.

Kies in itself is a whole other ball game, and I have no idea why Samsung thought it would be “hip and cool” to provide another “desktop” in which to access my phone’s information. Even worse, the way it wants to install new components at every step of the way, for simple things like viewing your SMS’s or even your contacts – surely you should be able to access your own propriatory resources without having to install additional codecs and interfaces… in your own application suite?! It just doesn’t make sense! I often wonder what these developers were thinking when they wrote the software (although more often than not, it’s not the developer’s fault but rather management’s fault)…

Somehow I think Samsung needs to step up it’s game here.  If I recall from their developer network, all apps that make use of data are required for that data to come from Samsung’s servers (so you have a kind of proxy between them) – which when you think about it, is the same model that RIM uses. So you think that providing free data bundles would be fairly trivial?

Then again, I am using the mobile through a pay-as-you-go service, so I don’t know if it would make much more of a difference…

Oct 30

Exciting Times - using technology to improve (and even save) lives.

Posted by Dissol in Smartphone , new technology , Healthcare



Oct 06

Samsung Galaxy S - not a pad but close enough?

Posted by AbortRetryFail in Smartphone , Samsung , pad , galaxy , android , AMOLED


While not classified as a pad I think my new phone gets close enough to be called at least a mini-pad?

Feb 26

THAT woman's sense of direction

Posted by Flycatchr in [grrr] , Smartphone , mydigitallife , My Digital Life , mobile device , htc , GPS , gadget


A friend of mine gave me an HTC X7500. Its like a mini laptop and cell phone combined. REALLY nice little gift, and it comes with all the little apps one would expect from a windows mobile 5 device. A great little tool for "on the go" quotes and emails. You do need to trick it into thinking its software certificates are up to date to continue using MSN though, but that is another story for another day when I feel like bashing Microsoft.

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