Saturday, December 18, 2004

Thoughts about buying a new mobile phone

It cannot be beleived-good ole T68i-using Tam got himself a new phone. Actually, it was my mobile phone provider and my father jinxing me into accepting a free phone upgrade - and so I went today, ending up having a long talk with my T-Mobile store clerk(he is an expert on mpbile phones and handhelds) and buying a Sony Erricson T630.
Well, then following points seemed noteworthy to me:
1) Question-Which phone should I get that works with my Palm?
The answer of the clerk immediately was-get anything Sony Erricson and be on the safe side. I do not know why this company has such a high reputation for beeing compatible, maybe it was because of the CLIEs. I really don't know.
2)Question-Where have the TREOs gone to
The clerk said that he didn't know why T-Mobile does not run any Palm powered smartphone, altough they had them on offer a few years ago. Its all blackberry and MDA there. However, the following sentence was issued: "They were always very difficult when it came to exchanges". I can actually understand T-Mobile here, I am currently at Exchange numer ten or so with my Tungsten T3.

After having opened my T630, thought struck me. The phone was full of images, sounds and games-and most important of all, most of it was T-Mobile branded in one sort or the other. The battery even was charged to 50%. Basically, immediately after switching the device on, you have an enormous WOW-Factor. Now compare this to a stock Palm. Turn it on, and nothing... Maybe a few boring images of a mountain and a bridge-but no stuff that really gives bang. Most of the cool stuff hides in the CD, only to be seen after purchasing the device..

I now wonder why licencees can't put all the stuff in the ROM of their devices instead of cramming it on a CD. This would really increase the impressiveness of the handheld... . even Microsoft took this up by now, fixly bundling two pretty addictive games with the OS-Jawbreaker and Solitaire. I wonder why PalmSource can't integrate games into the OS too-they neednt be big or difficult. Impressive visuals and bang-thats all what counts.
BTW, if PalmSource needs a game programmed, contact me. I will try my best!

Your comments are appreciated...


Blogger Ben Combee said...

Well, shipping anything in ROM takes up a space, and the OS and core apps already take up most of the room. However, with devices moving to NVFS, like the Treo 650 and Tungsten T5, the ability to ship them with things already in the storage heap and increased tremendously. Before, with the storage heap in RAM and the battery in an unknown state, a preload didn't make sense. Now, it's doable, although it would mean that on a hard-reset, your device wouldn't be returned to the factory-new state.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi Ben,
you are right here. Bzut, from my experience, most handhelds have at least half a MB free in their ROM.
And this shall IMHO be used for games,... . It is not important to bundle a Web Browser(no wow effect here), but something like Jawbreaker or Solitaire....
Why can't one preload the data from NVFS?? Load it at a hard reset....
Thanks for the comment
Tam Hanna

11:35 AM  
Blogger Steven Fisher said...

I demand 1k of that be used to add support for drawing painted polygons!

Seriously, though, it's a pretty big omission. I spent most of today trying to get polygons to draw -- and draw fast. And it still isn't very fast. I'm sure this could be done better with ARM code.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Steven Fisher said...

I meant to add "and it's one that mostly affects eye candy, which is the big 'wow' factor." See? I wasn't totally off topic, just clicked Publish too soon. :)

5:16 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi Stephen,
Well, it may just be that this will be accepted into the next version! Many Palm Source boys/gals frequent this blog, and who knows if they will not listen to your pleading. BTW, why not try an ARMlet??
Best Regards
Tam Hanna

6:19 PM  
Blogger Steven Fisher said...

Well, I'm pretty sure if I use an ARMlet I need to use to use a type 3 offscreen bitmap. It's on my to-do list, but it takes a while to figure out. Oddly, there doesn't seem to be ANY sample code for drawing offscreen via a type 3 bitmap, just a "you need to use these routines."

I'm not entirely sure I'm using the right algorithm yet, either. :)

-- Steve

11:06 PM  
Blogger intellidryad said...

IMHO, it's a matter of company culture.
At palm, they want everything "as simple as possible", they do their best to keep everything "useless, from the viewpoint of a businessman" out. So the "cool factor" is considered useless as it doesn't get work done better or faster.
On the other hand, Sony is a company commited to making everything cool, as with your T630. For a fair comperison, lets take a clie NX73(which I have) for example. It does not come with games(still in the CD), but sample pictures and great midi alarms are right there the first time you turn it on. (it also comes with sample e-books on a japanese version) But, the real cool factor comes from the UI of some clie only software(which is in the ROM), like clie viewer, audio player and movie player,...etc. Now that is what IMHO palm should learn.
We now have 200+MHz ARM processors, not 4MHz dragonballs; we have 16+MBs of RAM, not 1MB. We are not in the era of the palm pilot when one more line of code or one more application well make the system too slow, so palmOne really should wake up from their dreams.
(I'm open to comments, too^^)

4:09 PM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

You are right here, but well, to speak frankly I do no more have the T630. I exchanged it for a Siemens SX1-less cool, but a real VGA camera(not interpolated CIF).
However, many users do not even look at the apps on the CD(me included). In addition, what is not in the ROM, is not in the display unit, and the user does not see it....
Thanks for the Comments

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