At ZYB we test SyncML synchronization of just about every cell phone on the market, so we can optimize the sync process. That’s because phone manufactures have very different ways to support SyncML to say the least. It also means we get our hands on a lot of cool devices from time to time – and some not so cool ones too.
Today, I was so lucky to get my hands on the brand new LG KU990 Viewty. It is a Symbian smartphone with a huge 3” touch screen and no keyboard. It also has a 5 mega pixel camera with flash and auto focus.
I was a big sceptic to begin with about the touch screen, since I’ve only seen it work properly on the iPhone. My fear was that it would be a hassle to write text messages or perform just the basic operations like it was on the HTC Touch.
After playing around with it all night I must say that I’m very impressed with the responsiveness and precision of the screen. It just works. Sometimes though, my fingers are too big for some small icons and the stylus that is bundled in the box is just not a thing I would like to carry around with my phone. That being said, it is a rare case when the stylus is needed – I have no plans to use it not even once.
There’s nothing like a new gadget.
For a lot of good reasons I’m sure, Dell just launched their new blog one2one in order to communicate directly with their customers. It even has video entries or vlogs, which I think is great and very informative as well. One2one has had mixed reviews in the blogosphere so far - just take a look at Shel Israel’s blog post, which also has links to other reviews.
I think it’s very obvious where Dell got their inspiration from: Channel 9 mixed with old fashioned blogging. The thing is that those two concepts don’t mix that well I think. Channel 9 separates the two very well while Dell mixes them as they feel like.
Channel 9 has been very successful the last couple of years mainly because they where the first to let people into Microsoft and meet the “Average Joe Employee”. This has been a huge part of the image lift Microsoft has undergone the last year or so from developers point of view.
I just can’t seem to get what exactly Dell want to achieve with one2one or what segment they try to communicate to, but I do like the fact that they let us meet the employees through vlogs. Thumbs up for that, but maybe Dell should work on separating the vlogs from the regular news as Channel 9 has done with great success. I love vlogs, but not with my morning news.