DropBox

08/12/2010

Now here’s a smart way of sharing files between your mobile device and a PC/Mac! DropBox (www.dropbox.com) works with smartphones running iPhone, iPad, Blackberry & Android OSs. The screenshot here is DropBox running on my iPhone 4, but the following features are generic across all OS platforms.
Synchronise Files automatically between your mobile smartphone and your PC/Mac 🙂
Storage free of 2GB and up to 100GB for a small price. DropBox servers are secure 🙂
File Management couldn’t be easier, create folders to organise files, work collaboratively.
For a more detailed description of what DropBox can be used for, visit https://www.dropbox.com/features.
Photo & Video Management is great, enabling you to take a photograph or video on your smartphone and access it within seconds on a PC/Mac. This has some very exciting possibilities what a mobile worker can deliver photographs/videos etc back to their office very quickly, effectively anywhere in the world!

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The Phones Show Chat Forum

20/10/2010

Forum for Phones Show Chat and Phones Show listeners and viewers.

See http://www.pscforum.co.uk/forum/index.php


The Phone Show (Video) & Phone Chat (Audio)

11/10/2010

I’ve known Steve Litchfield for what must be about 18 years! Since he soon become one of the biggest names amongst Psion Palmtop enthusiasts. Steve these days produces some really great video and audio shows covering reviews etc on a wide range of smartphones; accompanied by Tim Salmon and a group number of other contributors.

The Phone Show (Video)
Programme: 122, 07/10/10 – Nokia N8, Motorola Flipout.
Programme: 121, 22/09/10 – New phones galore, Android v Symbian… the real world.
Programme: 120, 11/09/10 – The Top 5 720p-shooting smartphones, Nokia E5.

Note – many more great, informative and interesting video podcasts are available from http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk/sshow/

The Phone Show (Audio Chat)
Chat No. 57, 04/10/10 – Nokia N8 (Symbian), HTC Desire (Android) and more…
Chat No. 56, 27/09/10 – Nokia E63, Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Flipout, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini and more…
Chat No. 55, 20/09/10 – Nokia E7, Kev abandons the iPhone 4! and more….

Note – more many great, informative and interesting audio podcasts are available from http://3lib.ukonline.co.uk/sshow/chat.html

Highly recommended! 🙂 🙂 🙂


Palmtopman’s New Gadget… the iPhone 4

21/09/2010

We’ll, I’m now to declare that I’ve surcome to using what everyone else is using…. an iPhone! I’ve given up with fiddly keys on my old Nokia E71 and before that on my Blackberry 8820 and have given in to ‘touch screen’ technology. I am still going to pursue a bluetooth keyboard for taking notes during meetings etc; watch this blog!
Although there have been some bad media reports about signal strength on the iPhone 4; I have no complaints yet and as far as GPS goes, am very impressed at the sensitivity of the GPS reciever and speed at which it locks on to those amazing satellites way up in outer space.
Expect many more blogs from me about the world of iPhone. Just sorry that I’ve stopped playing with my other loves of Symbian, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Android & Palm devices. At least I’ve chosen one of the biggest, most popular devices.
So for starters, what am I currently using my iPhone for? Sync with Microsoft Office Calendar, Contacts & Notes, FileViewer (for Word, Excel, Images), Multiple Email Accounts, SatNav with CoPilot & Google Maps, London Underground, VoIP with Skype, Facebook, Camera/Video, Weather Forecasts, BBC News, Voice Memos, Speed Camera Alerts, ToDo (E.g. Task Management), Text/Multi-Media Messages, Conversions, MSN Messenger, Blogging. Well I have been a PDA/Smartphone user for 21yrs! Yes really, having started with those dear old dinosaurs, the Psion 🙂


Nokia N97 Mini – my current smartphone

20/02/2010

This has got to be my quickest change of devices, it must have been, within one month, I fell in love with my new Nokia E55 but then decided that I really needed a fully QWERTY keyboard mainly due to the large amount of data entry I do with a smartphone and so have now fallen for the Nokia N97 Mini. See Nokia’s (N97 Mini) Spec. Buy the way, look out for my E55 on eBay, ecuse the plug!

Ok, where shall I start… I didn’t fancy the N97 Classic due to the bad press over the scratched lens problem (even though Nokia Care Centres have a fix) also didn’t like the wasted keyboard space with the D-Pad on the left. So, the N97 Mini runs the powerful Symbian S60 5th edition and is currently at software v.11.0.045 (dated 14-01-10).

What I like best:

  • The overall size (113 x 52.5 x 14.2 mm @ 138g);
  • The very usable full QWERTY keyboard;
  • The very useful Key/Screen slide lock;
  • Nice Speakers (stereo?), Volume Up/Down, Camera Key, Central 3.5mm Jack;
  • Nice Touch Screen – good with finger tip or PDA stylus;
  • Nice Menu Key.
  • What I’ve yet to get used to….. sliding open the keyboard, practice makes perfect! 🙂
  • Oh and one software plug… Ovi Maps is just great! 🙂 🙂 🙂

What am I using the N97-Mini for: Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, Email, Texts, Voice Recorder, FM Radio, MP3(Music)/MP4(Video) Player, Podcasts, Web Browser, Photo/Image Album, BBC iPlayer, Camera/Video, Facebook, Skype/MSN Messenger/Twitter, SatNav, Word/Excel/PDF viewer, YouTube, London Underground Map, Dictionary, Converter, Calculator and last by no means least… Phone Calls! (I did say earlier that I considered myself a power user!) I wonder how long I’ll use the N97-Mini for???


Need some help with a Palmtop or Smartphone device?

19/02/2010

I’ve been using Palmtop Computers and more recently Mobile Smartphones for 21 years now! Supporting users of: Symbian Smartphones, Psion Palmtops, Palm, Blackberry, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, iPhone & iPod Touch and Android devices, otherwise known as PDAs, oh AND the great new PsiXpda UMPC with:

  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT & TRAINING
  • Transfer of data from old PDAs (E.g. Psion, Palm, Pocket PC etc) to new PDAs (E.g. iPhone, Blackberry etc);
  • Synchronisation of PDA data (Calendar, Contacts, Tasks & Notes) with PC software (E.g. Microsoft Outlook);
  • Back Up of data on to PC/Mac or memory card;
  • Configuration of email;
  • Advice on upgrade options and
  • MORE! (BUT, PLEASE NOTE – I don’t sell PDAs/Smartphones OR repair them)

Look no further, you won’t be dissapointed! get in touch with Ozzie on +44 (0)7889 374086 or via an email to ozziehallosman [at] btinternet [dot] com, also see http://www.palmtopman.com. I trust you can understand my email address (to avoid spamming software!!!).


Nokia PC Suite v Nokia Ovi Suite

16/02/2010

I’ve been using Nokia’s great ‘PC Suite‘ on and off for many years and currently have version 7.1.30.9 installed in-sync with my Nokia N97-Mini. I have given Nokia’s latest ‘Ovi Suite‘ version 2.1.0.87 a far chance to convince me that it’s better.
In my opinion, here are my thoughts:

Nokia Ovi Suite:

  • Good to sync your Contacts (c/o Outlook), Photos, Messages, Music, Calendar/Tasks/Notes (c/o Outlook) and Bookmarks (c/o Internet Explorer). Keeping your data safe;
  • A nice photo/image album 🙂
  • Good for software/firmware updates, as and when they’re available;
  • Good to sign in your Ovi account each time Ovi Suite starts up;
  • I don’t like the way that Contacts, Photos, Messaging and Music are ‘in your face’ with the main home view, too large and prominent!;
  • The worst things and the main reason that I favour the older ‘PC Suite’ is that:
  • The Ovi Suite is currently TOO DAMN SLOW! it takes a long time to sync data! 😦
  • No periodic auto-sync whilst device is connected! 😦 😦
  • There is no built-in Calendar in Ovi Suite! 😦 😦 😦

Nokia PC Suite:

  • SYNCHRONISE – really quick sync with Outlook Calendar, Contacts, Tasks & Notes 🙂
  • Sync can be automatic every 15mins whilst the device is connected 🙂
  • CONNECT TO THE INTERNET – use your Mobile/Smartphone as a 3G modem 🙂 [Beware of your data usage! Your PC will pull a lot more data than on the small screen of your mobile/smartphone] However, occasional connectivity for a few emails is ok.
  • CALENDAR – a very nice built-in Calendar to make quick amendments rather than starting Outlook, also it means that the PC Suite could be used as a desktop Calendar and Contact address book instead of Outlook! 🙂 🙂 🙂
  • MESSAGES – a very handy and kool way of sending and receiving text messages from your PC 🙂 🙂 🙂

Thumbs Up for Nokia’s PC Suite, thumbs down for the new Ovi Suite. Interested to hear comments from readers…