My N95 is slow. It has adhesive tape holding the battery cover in place. The chrome paint is chipping away (and the N95 is supposed to be a premium flagship product, ha?). I hate Symbian’s interface which reminds of how user interfaces looked like 15 years ago. It has no QWERTY keyboard.
Shouldn’t I have bought an iPhone ages ago?
Today, a friend on Watwet complained about the “crappy” quality of the iPhone’s camera. “I should get a Nokia” he said. Then I found this DIY contraption that someone has invented to make taking photos of documents with the iPhone easier.
Not only does the iPhone has a 2MP camera, but it also doesn’t have Flash. That’s why it is important to place the iPhone at a certain distance from a document and make sure your hand doesn;t shake while shooting the picture.
Let me tell you: I have used my Nokia N95 several times to take perfect pictures of documents in low light conditions. It has saved me several trips to the copy shop.
Recently I’ve been tempted to look at the E71, the new business phone from Nokia.
It’s the nearest thing to an N95 with a QWERTY keyboard. It’s 3.2 MP camera with flash is not as good as the N95’s, but it is still better that 2MP with no Flash.
My problem is that I am both a “digital lifestyle” and a “business” user. I always thought that the iPhone would be the answer for me. With with a camera like that and no native video shooting capabilities it seems it won’t cut it for me.
And as I wrote in pervious posts, I really respect the fact that Nokia provides excellent maps for Middle Eastern cities for free. So even with the addition of GPS on the iPhone 3G, I don’t think I will get the same quality maps on Google Maps.
Another ridiculous point about the iPhone is the whole debate wether Apple will allow us to use its data connection on our laptops. An application to “tether” the iPhone to a laptop via Bluetooth was made available of the App Store and then REMOVED (because, unbelievably, AT&T’s iPhone contract doens not allow such usage of the data connection!). Is this a joke? I was experimenting with sharing a GPRS connection to my laptop FOUR YEARS AGO on a Nokia 6600!
Whenever I have an ADSL outage or I find myself on the road with no WiFi around, I use my N95’s data connection to do some browsing on my laptop. On an iPhone, I’d probably have to apply some hack to get this done. BAH!
A growing library of Apps, the touch screen and the amazing interface make the iPhone extremely desirable. And every time I see that chipped paint and slowness on my N95 I get fantasies of smashing the damn thing against a wall.
But I still love the power of the N95 in many different areas.
I will go and have a look at the E71. Although my feeling is that I will simply stick with the N95 for now.
The iPhone isn’t even officially available in Jordan yet. When it comes, it will be with Orange. I am with Zain. I don’t want to use a hacked phone. Yet another reason to delay phone change!
Read these related posts on 360east:
- iPhone dismembered (not for the faint at heart)
- iPhone in the stores today
- Rumor: iPhone to be legally availble in Jordan by end of March
- iPhone on display at iSystems in Amman?
- Will the Middle East get the 3G iPhone?
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