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.