Mar 30 2008

Finding the best camera / music / PDA / phone combination

Tags: , , , , , , , , , Filed under: Written in Englishhugo @ 8:14

I’ve been increasingly unhappy with my Treo 680. The battery life sometimes drop rapidly (I can’t figure out why), and The Missing Sync has more and more trouble synchronizing my information. It actually is bad enough that I do not synchronize my work calendar anymore.

I have actually been waiting for the next version of the iPhone to be released, and am happy to see all the recent rumors about it. However, I’m wondering how long I’ll be able to wait with my Treo making a pain of itself almost daily.

Casio Exilim EX-Z200

Thinking about changing phones, I realized that I’m taking more and more photos with it, despite the crappy quality of the Treo’s camera, and the fact that I need to reinstall a PRC regularly in order to be able to download them to my computer. In order to make my life easier, I have been looking into buying a small camera that I could carry with me all the time. The Casio Exilim EX-Z200 looks really cool, but it means carrying a camera in addition to my phone, and I’m not really imagining myself carrying two devices.

Unfortunately, I’m not convinced that the new iPhone will have a good camera. The current iPhone seems to be taking pretty nice photos, but it seems technologically pretty far from what its competitors can do in this domain: 2 megapixels, no auto-focus, no flash.

Looking at the competition, there are a few interesting 5-megapixel cameraphones:

Sony Ericsson K850i

Sony Ericsson K850i

Sony Ericsson’s K850i seems pretty nice, but it does not have WiFi capabilities.

Also, after I had two Sony Ericsson phones die days after their warranty expired and had similar problems with a Sony Clié, I swore not to buy crappy Sony products anymore.

Nokia N95 8GB

Nokia N95 8GB

Thomas showed my his Nokia N95 8GB which is really neat. It has WiFi, GPS, and the Flickr gallery for the N95 looks promising, though the photos taken with an iPhone look better to me. Maybe iPhone users are more artistic than Nokia owners.

Nokia N96

Nokia N96

The Nokia N96 is the successor of the beloved N95, and it looks very promising.

Sony Ericsson C902

Sony Ericsson C902

Finally, the Sony Ericsson C902 seems to be closer to a camera than a phone, which might be what I’m really after.

Apple, Sony Ericsson, or Nokia?

The problem is that I’m picky: I also want an adequate music interface as I listen to podcasts daily, good PDA capability, good connectivity, and a decent Web browser. Maybe I’m asking too much.

I feel like the iPhone is falling short in terms of storage and camera quality, while the others have a much lower usability – the interface of the iPhone is really the killer feature – and not as good Web browsing capabilities. But then again, it’s really the camera that I’m after, and since all phones can play music these days, as long as I can sync my podcasts from iTunes and that it can synchronize my events, to-dos and contacts, I should be fine.

I feel that I’m going to ponder about this a little while longer, until the N96, C902 and the new iPhone come out.

3 Responses to “Finding the best camera / music / PDA / phone combination”

  1. Antony Owl says:

    Check out the “HTC Touch HD”, it is promising and I’m about to get it.

  2. M. Y. says:

    For the moment, I still carry separate GPS, camera, and phone. Each does its job well. Cell phone cameras make blurry pictures, focus poorly, have tiny sensors with lousy low light performance and they don’t have adequate flash and most of all, they don’t have zoom within the lens (so-called digital zoom just crops your picture and is totally deceptive and useless). Phone GPS may or may not work right depending on all sorts of things. A dedicated GPS with a Sirf3 chip and WAAS always works properly. A small case or fanny pack carries the three items. Maybe in ten years, all items will be one GOOD device. Maybe not. Look what happened to personal finance software– after all these years it sucks worse than ever as to ease of use and reliability, the only things the users really want but things the greedy bastards and idiots who make the software don’t care about in favor of heavy handed advertising and subscription services. Nice. Thanks for the excellent reviews.

  3. Blinda says:

    The C902 had been the best before the 8 megapixel monsters started taking up the market. It was used to be James Bond’s phone.The design of the C902 is great, the phone looks sleek and stylish. But its 2″ screen is too smallish, especially for a high end camera phone. Eight touch sensitive camera keys on the screen are amazing, adding beauty and interest to this phone.

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