Samsung GT I9023 Nexus S für EUR 244,35 bei meinpaket.de – nur bis morgen

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DHL lässt sich die Werbung für ihre neue Plattform etwas kosten – mit dem Gutscheincode “OHA16PROZENT” gibt es bei meinpaket.de noch bis morgen, 19.08.2011 10:00 Uhr 16% auf beliebige Artikel.

Damit ist das Samsung Nexus S, Google’s aktuelles Android Referenz Handy, aktuell für EUR 244,35 incl. Versand zu bekommen. Kein schlechter Deal für ein aktuelles Android Smartphone, oder?

Bei Amazon.de kostet das Nexus S derzeit 315,79. Der Gutschein funktioniert selbstverständlich auch für andere Artikel…

My new Smartphone: Asus EeePC 1000H GO

My new Smartphone: Asus EeePC 1000H GO

I have finally decided that I’m not a smartphone person. Yes, you heard that right. At least I know what I’m talking about – I have tried nearly every smartphone type that was available – S60, UIQ, Windows Mobile, iPhone – I’ve been through them all.

The one thing that bugged me about all of them was the massive limitations they put on what I wanted to do with them – browsers without Flash, Javascript, SSL or tabs, no image manipulation, inferior music capabilities (except for the iPhone), small screens, crappy keyboards. In short, there was so much I couldn’t do with them that my usage was limited to checking (but not answering) emails and reading Twitter (without being able to follow the links properly).

After I realized that, I began analysing my mobile habits:

– when I’m in the car, all I need is an iPod to listen to my podcasts

– in a train or plane, iPod plus laptop is unbeatable

– at work, the laptop with my 3G card is always there

– when we go out on weekends, I don’t have much use for a smartphone. Most of the time, I will even leave the phone at home.

The only laptop I had was my work laptop, so I wanted something to take with me on trips or holidays. The Asus EeePC 1000H fits my requirements perfectly. It’s small enough to carry along, it’s fast and has a full PC experience, and the built-in 3G card makes sure I can go online whenever I need.

I’m still looking at the iPod Touch for gaming, the dilemma is that the Nano is a LOT better for in-car use (you have to unlock the iPod Touch even to pause music, and that’s not so easy when you’re driving).

Will I rule out buying another smartphone? Come ooonnn…. ;)

T-Mobile MDA Mail: close, but no cigar

Last week, I jumped at a decent priced opportunity to test the T-Mobile MDA Mail (a.k.a T-Mobile Dash, HTC S620) Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone.

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I have to say, it’s a thing of beauty. It’s smaller than a Blackberry or Nokia E61, and sure as hell looks a lot sexier. It also features the things I REALLY love about WIndows Mobile: ActiveSync and charging via USB.

So, it’s a keeper, right?

I’m not really sure yet. First of all, the (german) T-Mobile version comes without WiFi. Yes, honest to god: without making a fuss about it, they seem to have convinced HTC to create a special version of the hardware that comes without WiFi. Even ‘updating’ to a non-branded HTC S620 firmware won’t help. This is a huge bummer – which must have saved T-Mobile at least $1 per device. grrrr…..

Then, what I’m looking for is a way to put my iPod podcast listening functionality into my mobile phone. Using the Juice Podcast receiver and a combination of ‘smart’ (HAH!) playlists in WMP10 I managed to create a playlist that syncs to the MicroSD card on the phone. A LOT less easy than iTunes, but hey, it’s not an iPhone, right?
Unfortunately that was about the same time that ActiveSync decided it didn’t want to connect to the phone any more.

Also, the two applications I’m using most (GMail and Opera Mini), both J2ME apps, work less than satisfactory. They have to be started from a J2ME management app, and they appear using tiny fonts. Not good.

So, while I’m quite impressed with the hardware (leaving the WiFi issue aside), the smartphone part of it leaves a lot to be desired. I may keep it for ActiveSync (if I can get it to be recognized again…), USB charging and the keyboard though – which is still a lot in a very beautiful package.