Now, I like to think that I am a high falut'n VIP every now and then … well at least until I get home… family is such a humbling experience… Recently, I must have attracted someone's attention because I received the following email back in late May:
As a quick introduction I'm from the WOM World / Nokia, a Nokia-sponsored platform that covers what's being said online about Nokia devices and services.
In addition to the blog, we also run a trial program in which we send but Nokia devices for test and review. The N95 8GB North American version is one of the latest releases and we're seeing social media users like you would be interested in having the device for three weeks to put it through its paces.
It has the same spec as the regular N95 8GB, so; 5MP Carl Zeiss lens camera with auto-focus, full GPS, MP3 player with integrated player keys, dual sliding action, WIFI, etc. But this version comes with updated software and full US 3G network support. In addition to being on Symbian, which means it?s open to literally thousands of applications, everything from Google maps to Twitter.
If you?re interested in a three week trial let us know. We cover all
courier costs back and forth and are available for you to contact
should you have any questions or queries during your trial period.
You can have a look at the WOM World / Nokia at: http://www.womworld.com/nokia
Please get in touch and let us know if this is of interest to you.
Colin and the WOM World / Nokia team
Since that time, Colin and I have been exchanging email on setting up the trial and getting general information out of the way etc. I am excited about testing out the N95. For years, I was a "Nokia" guy, but due to size and features, I moved over to the Motorola line with the Razors, and now, I absolutely love my Motorola Q Global from AT&T.
- Browsing the internet, I have 3 browsers on it depending on site compatibility. Opera 8.65 (Full version standard and default browser), Pocket IE (as a backup, also standard on the MQG), and SkyFire (Currently in their closed beta, but it is nice and wil be a separate blog post).
- Twitter – Via TinyTwitter for Windows Mobile 6 (Java version too) great little app.
- NewsGator Go! – my RSS reader of choice… hey did you know that you can now RSS you NewsGator's article clippings… This is SWEET! Blog post coming on this shortly…
- PHOTOS! I take about 200+ pictures and videos (like the one below)each month with my phone… it is a 2 MP (the best I could buy last November). I send the photos to flickr, and about 8 family members very often.
- GPS – I LOVE that the MQG is fully GPS enabled. I use Microsoft's Live Search Mobile, and occasionally Google Mobile Maps, Live is SO much better on the phone… for everything from turn by turn directions, to looking up stores, movies, gas prices, names, businesses, contacts to geocaching. It's awesome. No secondary device needed.
- Reading ebooks… I love to read, and my preference for personal and professional literature is digital. No need to worry about light, no need to worry about carrying something extra, no need to worry about finishing your book and not having another one to read… it is all there in the palm of your hand. annotation, searching, enjoyment in a neat little bundle.
- Text messaging and instant messaging – this is a huge use of mine. Wether it is sending pictures and video to family, finding out where everyone is, or just checking in, I send about 800 texts a month. Recently, I was buying a new printer and wanted to consult with my wife about color laser jet or just B/W I knew she was working on her laptop so I started an IM session with her. It saved us about $300 (the difference between the color LJ and a wireless print router, and the B/W I bought that had wireless networking built right in).
- Watching satellite TV via my slingbox… While I have only used my phone this way about 8 times, I have the ability to connect to my Direct TV dish from anywhere I can get a cell signal… It has been great when Joshua (4yoa) and I were waiting for Mommy to finish a marathon shopping session and he was REALLY bored and squirley… a bit of Scooby Doo and he was all good again.
- Portable digital notebook. On the rare occassion that I do not actually have my laptop with me, I take notes, messages, tips, information right onto my phone. OneNote Mobile syncs my Microsoft One Note 2007 from my laptop right to my phone. I can push information both ways when I sync… pretty cool. Recently, I have been playing with Evernote (which just came out of closed beta)… while not nearly as robust as OneNote Mobile, it has the capability to push information right to the web and pull it back. Additionally, Evernote, syncs with just about every application on my laptop so I have access to my notes at just about any time I have
an Internet connection… which with an unlimited data plan and the capability to tether my phone to my laptop is well… just about always…
- Laptop tethering for Internet use… I started tethering about 6 months ago when I was in a conference and could not get a reliable wireless signal. While I do not do this often, when I do it still amazes me how well the 3G network handles data networking.
- MP3 – Podcast – I use my MQG to listen to music, both satellite radio and music from Rhapsody sync'd to my data card. Additionally, I have begun podcasting into the internal voice notes application. I have also used it to record my son's voices… I have a great recording of Noah laughing 🙂
- Oh yeah… and for phone calls…
I am looking forward to seeing what the N95 capabilities are. I really like the fact that there is a 5MP camera with Zeiss lens… I can guarantee that I will stress this unit when I get it even if I can only have it for the 3 weeks. I will keep you aware of how the trial goes once I receive the … ahem… "phone".