Nokia E61: The pre-iPhone

. Friday, December 15, 2006

Nokia E61 Apple iPhone
Rumors and rumors. Will Apple's iPhone be coming? When? What will it look like? Will it be the 'one more thing' in January?

I don't know. And I am not sure if I care. Of course I am curious for it because I'm totally addicted to mobile devices (I stopped counting how many I used years ago) and I always dreamed of Apple joining the cellular market.
But know there is a romance that seems to be quite stable for a relationship between me and a cellular device.
I found the Nokia E61. Using it for several months now I come to the conclusion that this is as perfect as I expect the iPhone to be (if it will see the light of reality). But why?
Keeping out a philosophical discussion whether you like Nokia or not the E61 focusses on the thing you really need. These are usability, compatibility and integration.

It is operated by one of the most elegant mobile operating systems these days - S60 3rd Edition - which is easy to use and looking really nice while the device doesn't even need a touchscreen to be handled. You really have to try it if you want to find out about all its elegance and usability. It's just hard to describe (as I am not able to use words for describing the advantages of Mac OS). It just works fine.

The full QWERTY keyboard finds a nice balance between not blowing up the device's size too much and it's usability.This again in combination with a not too sensible joystick makes operable with just one hand for everything (try to enter a new appointment into your calendar on a touch screen device with stylus. I am not talking about a situation when the device lies on a table).

Most applications you need are coming directly with the operating system just like Mac OS. And as we talk about this best-mother-OS-in-the-world the E61 can be integrated to iSync and even be synchronized with iTunes. Memory is limited to the size of your miniSD card. Watching videos and movies on the go is really fun with the excellent screen and really mobile.
Like for Mac OS Tiger there are some kind of dashboard widgets available (called 'widsets') and the metal design fits perfectly to the design of Apple's Pro product line.

If you need any more applications or functionality you can choose from a large offer of 3rd party software (which is not as large as the 3rd party market for Windows Mobile or PalmOS but these device don't combine all the other mentioned advantages).

All this comes for less than $450 and in dimensions of 17 mm x 69,7 mm x 14 mm with a weight of only 144g.

Apple, we trust in you - I think this will be hard to beat. But let's see...

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The ultimate 'new-to-Mac' software collection


new to Mac software
I am not that familiar with the dephts of silicon technology to rate Apple's decision pro Intel architecture from the technological point of view (I just switched from my good old 12" G4 PowerBook to a 15" Core Duo 2 MacBook Pro and it works fine) but from the strategical and economical point of view it was definitely a great deal. More and more people are switching to the best computers in the world since they are available with Intel processor (and even be able to run Windows on these wonderful machines).
So we do not want to start the discussion whether a higher market share for our favourite computer system is good or bad. After we provided support to decide for the right Mac we just want to welcome all these 'new-to-Mac's to our great family. To become more familiar with your new friend we set up a list of useful software for all kinds of purpose.

Mac OS is quite well equipped for the start with software for many purposes. But there is more.

Of course not everything is for everybody in this collection (and unfortunately such a list will never be complete) but there should be something for everyone of you. Here we go:

for everybody:

NeoOffice: open source alternative to MS Office
iSale: eBay auctioning solution
Midnight Inbox: task manager
MyMind: combination of an outliner an a mind mapping application. Or a mind mapper with buil-in outlining functionality
Flip4Mac: play .wmv files in QuickTime
MyTunesRSS: listen to your iTunes on any device with RSS
RealPlayer: Playing Real Media content
VLC media player: DivX, VCD, DVD, MPEG-1/2/4 & more
The Unarchiver: unarchiver for zip, tar, rar, 7-zip, stuffit & more
Transmission: light and easy BitTorrent client

for communicators:

Chax: useful enhancements for iChat
Skype: Instant Messaging and Voice over IP

for web designers and editors:

RapidWeaver: excellent web editor (instantly publish photos, movies, blogs online)
NVU: good and free wysiwyg web editor
RBrowser: graphical FTP, SFTP, SSH client & sync engine
CSSEdit: cascading style sheets (css) editor

for video editors:

D-Vision: encode, merge and cut video files (GUI for encoder)
ffmpegX: powerful video encoder for divx, xvid, h264, iPod, mpg, s/vcd, dvd, tivo, psp, mp4, flv, flash
HandBrake: DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter
Instant HandBrake: iPod/PSP-dedicated DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter

for photo editors:

SnapNDrag: screen capture Utility
Keyword Assistant for iPhoto: improves iPhoto's keyword handling

for bloggers:

BlogAssist: systemwide menu to format clipboard text for blog entries

for Googlers:

gDisk: use Gmail account as virtual drive
Google Reader Notifier: menu bar item shows unread google reader items
Google Notifier: notifies you of new Gmail & upcoming Gcal events
Google Maps Plugin for Address Book
iPhoto2Gmail: use your GMail account to send your photos directly from iPhoto
Spanning Sync: sync iCal with Google Calendar

for systems optimizers:

FolderBrander: customize folder icons with ease
Toast: The CD & DVD burning solution
uApp: a free uninstaller for allpications (including prefs etc.)

for gamers:

PSPWare: sync music, movies, photos & backup to/from Sony PSP
Macdoku: Sudoku on your Mac
SNES9x: Super Nintendo Entertainment System Emulator

for students:

UniLingua: vocabulary/dictionary trainer

Dashboard widgets:

Airport Radar: quickly scanning the area for wireless networks
Capture: Powerful and dynamic screen capture widget
Google Search: search Google’s powerful features right on Dashboard
LEO dictionary lookup: look up words in English-German and French-German
Wikipedia: Search for and view articles from Wikipedia, right on Dashboard
xCuts: a full reference of Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts

for those never understanding:

Parallels Desktop: run Windows or Linux simultaneously with OS X

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