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· 2 min read
MeeGo Handset 1.1 Home Screen

Having owned an N900 for a little while now (casting my vote for openness and freedom in the mobile space), I've been eagerly waiting for a MeeGo release that I could install on my N900 and play with. That moment came a little over one week ago! :) So, after waiting for my nice new class-10 microSDHC card to arrive (cheaper to buy online with shipping, than to buy locally), I finally had a play last weekend. I was a little dissapointed :|

Although I had expected a lot of bugs and instabilities, and my overall expectations were quite low at this stage, I was still quite surprised at just how incomplete MeeGo Handset is. I guess my unrealistic expectations stemmed from the fact that the current MeeGo handset release has the version number 1.1 - that implies to me that it should be "fairly complete" (albeit with bugs, etc). However, it is more inline with what I would call a version 0.1.

· 4 min read

Most people who know me will be somewhat surprised by the title of this post... but it's true. I do, indeed, enjoy the current iPhone craze - simply because I think some good is likely come of it :)

Specifically, there's two main positive things that I think may come from the current iPhone craze:

A shake-up of current mobile phone manufacturers

Until recently, I had just spent six years working in the mobile services division of the Telstra Research Labs, and I've gotta say, I'm not really impressed with the current state of mobile phone products. Frankly, they suck. They should be a lot smaller, faster, and easier to use. And yet, the likes of Nokia and SonyEricsson keep making phones bigger, slower, and more powerful - aka more complicated and buggy. Of course, there are exceptions - some of Nokia'a Series 40 phones, for example, are excellent. But the general push among manufacturers and retailers, is towards bigger, "smarter" (yet dumber) handsets. I can only assume that this push is largely driven by the telcos, who want, more than anything else, to see mobile data traffic sky-rocket.