Thursday, July 23, 2009

Incipio Gel Shell Case

If you are one of the many folks who are looking for a nice case for your Iphone, I recommend the Incipio Gel Shell. This model is a two piece case consisting of a silicon gel case (that ships in both white and black) and a hard sort of exoskeleton that snaps over the gel case. The result is both very attractive and quite protective. Doesn't add much bulk either. The silicon could be a bit tackier to the touch for my taste (easier to grip that way) but it suffices as is quite nicely. I particularly appreciate the fact that the gel case covers the edges of the screen a centimeter or so from the top and bottom of the face. That hides those bubbles that always seem to appear in most screen protectors.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I'm very impressed...

It's not hard to understand all the hype over Apple's Iphone for me now. This phone is really a small handheld Macintosh computer. There really isn't much it can't do as computing goes. Definitely recommended.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


This is the coolest thing since sliced bread!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Well, I'm back to uing my old Treo again...

Its still pretty flakey but the music at least plays reliably. The search continues. Ah well...

Well, so much for that...

The 5800 is on its way back to Nokia. The updated ROM apparently corrupted the music player software. While I'm still in the return period, I'm bailing out. Shame too. Nokia has some terrific designs but their quality control just isn't there in my opinion. Back to the old clunker for the time being.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Just updated the firmware on the 5800.

Very easy to do. Phone seems snappier with the new ROM. I have also discovered some of the themes that are available. It is possible to change the appearance of the interface quite dramatically.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Just tried the radio out on the 5800.

Nothing super fancy but it does work quite well. The digital station scan picked up the local FM stations quickly and the reception was good. Useful.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Another Nokia 5800 update

Youtube videos work really well over a wifi connection in the Nokia browser. I haven't figured out how to watch hulu on it yet though.

I also tried out the gps for the first time today. It took about 30 seconds to find the satellite but it did work. Pretty impressive for a phone at this price.

Some folks have speculated that the 5800 is an iphone killer/competitor. I wouldn't go that far but at half the iphone's price (unlocked with no contract) it is a very good deal.

I should also mention another thing I appreciate about the 5800. The call quality is excellent. It sounds much more clear than any of my Treos ever did.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

More on the 5800-pictured in a Nokia 5800 case

I can play Doom on this phone. Good stuff.

With that thought in mind, there does seem to be a fair amount of third party software available for s60 ver. 5. I don't think I will miss Windows Mobile all that much.

Incidentally, the case seen above is a Nokia branded model for this phone. Oddly, the NYC Nokia store didn't have it but RCS on Madison did. The case generally fits well except that the flap does not lie flat when closed by the velcro. The leather is quite soft however and I expect that it will eventually flatten out.

This case has the advantage of protecting the 5800's touch screen, a concern of mine. When used, the flap can be folded over the back to get it out of the way. The one issue I have with this case is the lack of a belt clip. There is a cut-out to allow both the stock lanyard and a beefier model included with the case to be used though. That being said, the 5800 is so slim and light that, even in the case, it is still pocketable. I'm pretty happy with this combo overall.

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