September is definitely mobile madness month. And this week is power packed from the likes of Nokia, amazon, to rim and of course apple.
Quite excited to see what the new Nokia phones will look like, if the teasers are accurate that is one gorgeous looking phone that will have an insane camera. If rumours are true we are looking at over 20+ megapixels, with a Carl Zeiss Lens. It would make for some amazing stills if that were true. Does that mean it can even shoot 2.5K or 4k video? Would be the first for a mobile device. Other than that the build quality of the Lumia devices is impressive. I like the colours that they brought out. The only downside to this device is probably the web browser, based on IE. Having tried it out recently in the store it left me with mixed feelings. On one hand is an extremely fast and responsive phone that is amazing to use. But all the sites I visited on the browser kept throwing up old WAP based sites. Maybe something to do with the user agent and not many people really designing for IE mobile since it has a tiny market share. So what you leave with is viewing sites that are not optimised for IE, also if IE on the mobile can deliver a true mobile web experience. WIll only know once I have tested it out.
Amazon, will probably announce the follow-up to its supposedly sold out first generation fire. “Sold out” I guess means out of Amazon’s warehouses, but I have seen a lot of them still stacked on the shelves of the Virgin Stores in Dubai. Irrespective, quite curious to see the new “paper white” display technology. Would be great to see some large format e-ink device on that kind of paper. Would be the closest we have to print.
As for the Kindle Fire, I can only imagine it being based on the ICS 4.0 Android OS instead of jelly bean since it has been only a month since Google released the code. That should make it faster and snappier. Never really played much with it, but the price-point should give Google a run for its money with the Nexus 7.
Blackberry 10 os. Whats there to say about this, too little too late I guess. With shipment slated for 2013 I don’t see much hope for this smart phone other than the corporate market. RIM is a company that lost its way and now seems like it will have to split up the company into two and hope to license its messaging software if it still want to be relevant in this space.
THE BIG APPLE
The latest invite is a clear indicator of the iPhone 5 with the cast of the shadow off the number 12. So much for the iPad mini rumours. If the leaked images are true then a taller iPhone is in the works. Which means that we have a new resolution to contend with. That also means that we will see some letterboxed apps, and all the apps that are using the new iOS 6 Auto Layout features will benefit from using the entire screen real estate. This will be a massive change, and a lot of updates from the apple developer community if it is true.
The other device that is strongly rumoured is the iPad mini. This will be a big step for Apple. I just hope that it sticks to creating a great device that is easier to hold than the iPad, which although impressive on every count, is a tad bit heavy.
Also due for a refresh from apple is the iPod line. I am sure the next generation of iPod devices is will be impressive. The one to watch out for, the new iPod Nano. Below is my wish list of what I hope it can do.
- New Nano with built in GPS
- Retina Display
- Gyroscope, accelerometer
- Extension apps for iPhone or iPod touch. Think how cool would be to get notifications on the Nano from the iPhone. Runkeeper or Nike Running having few details showing up on the watch. Tweets, Facebook Updates, Flight Reminders, Incoming Calls.
- Curved Glass
- Built in strap clips to attach to convert it into a watch without any extra bulk
- Flip side ePaper Time Display. Probably never, but would be great to save on the battery and have an always on time.
Come christmas it will really be about the new form factor tablets. 7-8″ formats, with hopefully the iPad Mini making its appearance and rounding out the offering. So far the Nexus 7 is the only credible one that is on the market that feels right. The Samsung devices are too gimmicky for my liking. Apple would probably have the most impact if it releases that form factor just by the sheer strength of the apps available for it.
What is interesting is that most of the devices are going for a slightly bigger form factor with larger displays. All this at the end is to enhance the content and make it more readable. It will also create a huge demand for content. Original content. Apps are great, but they need great content to make them appealing. So all of this is going to drive the entire creative industry to create compelling content for the small and mobile screen. Just look around you, have you noticed how many more different headphone manufacturers are out there. Entertainment is getting more personal and mobile. The hardware and connectivity infrastructure has been laid down. Its time to get back to being creative. That is for another post though. Until then!